Abandoned No Longer

Abandoned No Longer

By: Brandy Campbell with Galia Oropeza in Bolivia   |   Posted: November 12, 2009

Compassion's Unsponsored Children's Fund rescues a child abandoned by his parents
Ronald knows the love of Christ because of the Unsponsored Children's Fund.

Ronald was abandoned as a toddler. From an early age, he knew that his father abandoned his mother when she was pregnant. Then when Ronald's young mother remarried, she  abandoned her son to please her new husband.

Ronald certainly wasn't the only child growing up without parents in his neighborhood or even his own home. Sadly, in his home country, abandonment is not rare. Officials estimate that in Bolivia an infant is abandoned every day.

Grandparents like Ronald's are left raising young children that they physically and financially cannot provide for. In the two small rooms that make up Ronald's home, his grandparents care for three grandchildren in addition to their two teenage children who still live at home.

An Uncertain Future

These abandoned children of Bolivia face a grim future. Few attend school, and many families cannot afford necessary medical care. And when grandparents die, they leave behind young children who are ill-equipped to provide for themselves. Many must live on the streets, and quickly slip into prostitution, gangs and drug and alcohol abuse.

But 9-year-old Ronald will know a different future, thanks to the support of the Unsponsored Children's Fund and the La Tamborada II Student Center (BO-591).

A Family's Safety Net

The Unsponsored Children's Fund allows thousands of children like Ronald to receive all of the benefits of Compassion sponsorship while they wait for sponsors.

No longer do Ronald's grandparents worry about their grandson's most basic needs. They know Ronald will receive nutritious food, clothes and medical care from Compassion.

"It is a help that Ronald is in the center," says Maria, one of Ronald's aunts. "At the center, he receives good meals and medical checkups. If he got sick before, maybe we wouldn't have enough money to pay everything. He also receives school materials. It is a help because we are many (in our family), so we don't have enough money for everything."
 
Soon Ronald will be paired with a sponsor who will encourage and support him. But until then, the Unsponsored Children's Fund will help bridge the gap in care. And Ronald will know the security of Compassion that even when he has no sponsor, he will not be abandoned.

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